What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Eye Cancer?

It’s important to have honest, open discussions with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask.

  • What kind of eye cancer do I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the eye?
  • What is the stage (extent) of my cancer, and what does that mean?
  • Will I need any other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will I need to see other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • Should I get a second opinion? Can you recommend someone?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of treatment (cure, prolonging life, relieving symptoms, etc.)?
  • What are the risks or side effects to the treatments you suggest? What is the risk of losing vision in the eye from the different treatments?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What are the chances my cancer will come back (recur) after treatment?
  • What would we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What type of follow-up might I need after treatment?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For example, you might want more information about recovery times so you can plan your work or activity schedule. You might also want to ask about clinical trials for which you may qualify.

Keep in mind that doctors aren’t the only ones who can give you information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may be able to answer some of your questions. You can find out more about speaking with your health care team in Talking With Your Doctor.

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Last Medical Review: December 9, 2014 Last Revised: February 5, 2016

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